Well perhaps this blog has been bogged down lately, and perhaps some folks feel that feminism has taken a back seat if not bogged down or dead. But in fact, these perceptions are far from reality! My blog story is the easy one — I have been busy on other blogs (ANS in particular) but I have a rhythm there now and am turning back to important stories here! But the big story revolves around feminism and women’s movements around the world
If anyone has been lured in to the popular mistaken notion that feminism is dead, the “Up with Chris Hayes” show on Saturday February 9 is an important media-document that will dispel that notion entirely. The first segment of the show focused on the recent war on women by the political right int he U.S., and how women are addressing the issues that have been raised in this political environment. Most of the show, however, focused on world-wide women’s movements. The fundamental message of this discussion, for me, is that there is simply no going back. So much more needs to be accomplished, but unlike any other period in history, there are strong women worldwide engaged in significant movements and projects, large and small, that firmly situate women’s rights and women’s concerns as strong elements shaping the future.
The panel included women from the early 2nd wave of feminism in the United States, but a majority of women are involved in global feminist projects – a significant message in itself. Here are the eight women on the panel:
Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem), author, lecturer, editor, feminist activist, co-founder of Ms.magazine. She helped launch the Women’s Action Alliance, National Women’s Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and Take Our Daughters to Work Day.
Marlo Thomas (@MarloThomas), actress, author, activist, and national outreach director for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. She launched her career with “That Girl,” which ran from 1966-1971, a sitcom she co-conceived and produced.
Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry), professor of political science at Tulane University, host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” columnist for The Nation.
Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy), columnist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues.
Rangina Hamidi, president of Kandahar Treasure, the first women-run business in Kandahar.
Sarita Gupta (@saritasgupta), executive director of Jobs with Justice, co-director of Caring Across Generations.
Laura Flanders (@GRITlaura), founder of GRITtv.org, contributing writer to The Nation.
Mallika Dutt (@mallikadutt), founder of Breakthrough India/Breakthrough U.S.
Clips from all of the segments are available on the MSNBC web site, but this one in particular is one I highly recommend – it is titled “What 21st Century Feminism Looks Like”: